Building on over two decades of research and experience.

TransCoastal Adaptations is a new Centre for Nature-Based Solutions at Saint Mary’s University that engages in research and partnerships that promote and undertake projects related to climate change adaptation.

We are made up of academics and industry working together to find nature-based solutions. With over 20 years of experience, our team consists of leading experts on coastal restoration and nature-based adaptation. We also provide our researchers, students, stakeholders, funders and the community with opportunities to engage in initiatives that address the critical issue of climate change through our many projects.  

We want to expand opportunities to protect Atlantic coastal communities and attract students who want to work in this important and exciting area.  

Our Mission

At TransCoastal Adaptations, our mission is to work with partners to restore coastal areas through nature-based climate change adaptation strategies and to be on the leading edge of research in this field.

Our Team

We are an interdisciplinary team working to understand the ecological, political, and social elements of coastlines and how to successfully restore these unique landscapes.

Dr. Danika van Proosdij


Dr. Danika van Proosdij is Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Saint Mary’s University.  Over the last 25 years she has been engaged in understanding how the biophysical processes of coastal ecosystems respond to natural and anthropogenic drivers of change. She is the director of two Canadian Foundation for Innovation labs:  the Intertidal Coastal Sediment Transport Research Unit (In_CoAST) and Maritime Provinces Spatial Analysis Research Unit (MP_SpARC). As a coastal geomorphologist she merges field studies of sediment transport and hydrodynamics with GIS and geo-visualizing technologies to assess and enhance the resilience of these systems. This includes coastal vulnerability assessment to climate change impacts and the use of ecosystem based adaptation to manage flooding and erosion hazards in Canada, the Caribbean and Indian Ocean. She has served as a scientific advisor for a wide range of provincial and federal governments In addition, she has received close to $5.3 M as Principle or Co-Investigator on research grants and contracts from provincial, federal and international sources and the private sector. In particular, for more than a decade she has been assisting the provincial Dept. of Agriculture critically assess the vulnerability of their dyke infrastructure to coastal erosion and flooding, and develop best practices for management of dykelands and foreshore marshes that protect them, in a changing climate. She has fostered a long term partnership with CBWES over the last 18 years, applying innovative and proven techniques to restore close to 320 Ha of tidal wetland habitat, and establishing the TransCoastal Adaptation Centre for Nature Based Solutions in 2019. She has been twice (2012 with CBWES) awarded the Gulf of Maine Visionary Award from the Gulf of Maine Council for the Marine Environment in “recognition for innovation, creativity and commitment to research and protection of the marine environment”. 

Tony Bowron


Tony is a founding Director, President and Coastal Wetland Ecologist with CBWES. He has been working on coastal wetland monitoring and restoration projects in Nova Scotia since 1998 and is an internationally recognized tidal wetland restoration and monitoring practitioner. His education and employment experience has focused on coastal ecology, biology and the environment, with emphasis on the monitoring and restoration of coastal and wetland habitats. He has worked for both governmental and non-governmental organizations on the issue of coastal habitat protection and restoration; chaired the Bay of Fundy Ecosystem Partnership’s Salt Marsh and Restricted Tidal Systems Working Group; is a member of the Gulf of Maine Council's Subcommittee on Habitat Restoration, and of the former Global Program of Action Coalition for the Gulf of Maine; and is an adjunct professor in the Environmental Science Program at Saint Mary’s University. Tony’s work on tidal wetland restoration projects throughout Nova Scotia has encompassed all aspects of project development and management through to implementation and long-term ecological monitoring. He has collaborated on a number of academic, NGO and community-based stewardship initiatives relating to coastal wetland research, education and restoration, as well as living shorelines and climate change adaptation.